Economy Minister: Moving Towards Economy of Knowledge Based on Human Resources

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Dr. Mohammed Zafer Mahbaq, said that the economy in the present day had shifted to an economy -based on knowledge and the standards of States' development don’t  based on the huge and diverse economic potential as far they based on human resources primarily.

The Minister pointed out that the organization of work and its mechanisms are a fundamental part in improving productivity and the Syrian economy goes in this direction despite the current circumstances.

Dr. Mahbaq delivered his speech, during an evaluation  session held recently in Damascus, to the performance of the central directorates' work in the ministry during the second half of last year 2012.

"When we prepare a qualified,  capable person and able to innovate and think properly, then we will be to achieve fruitful achievement and therefore the human resources and their  storage of science and knowledge are the most important of all the economic potential," he said.

The Minister stressed the interest to reduce spending and rationalize consumption because this is an important contribution in supporting our economy, especially in the current circumstances, as well as the importance of discipline and commitment, especially in the current.

"The research competencies in the ministry require training to a large degree and asked each of those who make researches to meet with the concerned bodies in the ministries to achieve integrated, accurate and meaningful researches because the purpose of any research is to change reality for the better, and the need to be objective in making the researches reliable to support  the development of our economy for the better," the minister concluded.


Citizens, government cooperate to 'justly' distribute items

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs says popular support is essential to solve the problems of distributing basic needs among citizens.

In a meeting with citizens from "ReknEddin" suburb, Dr.Qadri Jamil said people's cooperation with government could help solve the problem of distributing gas and fuel as laws and legislations are no longer enough to notch up this goal.

He stressed that 70% of the bread matter was solved.

According to SANA, the meeting held on Sunday revolved around measures being adopted to guarantee ensuring the said items to the suburb's citizens at prices identified by the government.

Young men from "RoknEddin" are due to receive specific quantity from the items to be justly distributed among the citizens there. The suburb is divided into three sectors in order to ease the adopted process.

Initially, 100 gas cylinders and 4000 litters of fuel are to be delivered daily to the young men to distribute them among citizens of the suburb. 

Dr. Jamil sees it is necessary to draw up measures that would help combating monopolization and smuggling of basic items.


Electricity sector faces big challenges

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ Syria is keen on taking necessary procedures to solve the problem of power outage within the extraordinary circumstances which Syria is going through, Electricity Minister said on Saturday.

Eng. Imad Khamis told workers at National Control Center: "electricity sector is facing big challenges because of resources shortage, unfair economic sanctions on the Syrian people that caused lack in fuel needed to operate power plants."

He appealed for removing obstacles that face mechanism of work, benefitting from available resources, and distributing quantity of power justly among all provinces.

Over last months, the armed terrorist groups attacked power plants.

The minister underlined that the attacks come within the framework of the aggression against Syria to destroy infrastructures and national economy. 


IFAD Finances 8 Agricultural Projects

DAMASCUS (ST)- The agricultural development projects carried out by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in many countries  have become as an example to be followed of successful cooperation and as a factor of stability economically and socially in the rural areas.

 A workshop was opened recently here on the issues of  implementing the projects of IFAD.  Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, Dr. Nabi Rasheed Mohammed, delivered a speech in the presence of a number of managers at the ministry and representatives of Arab and international organizations.
 The minister stressed the importance of cooperation between Syria and the Fund, which reached high levels through the implementation of several successful projects, particularly the Rural Development Project in the north east, the Rural Development Project in Idleb and Development of  Livestock Project and the Shamiya  Rose which helped turn the land to a productive area  and their population can ensure, to farmers, sources to live a decent life, in addition to the rehabilitation of a significant number of qualified personnel in administrative, financial and technical operations  to reclaim land.

He also praised the role being played by this generous institution to achieve better levels of agricultural and social development and the fight against poverty and hunger suffered by millions of the world's population.
For his part, Representative of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Nabil Mahayni, talked on innovations that began in IFAD projects with the Agricultural Development Project in the southern region;  stressing that the most  important innovation is that which we expect to enter the Rural Development Project in the north-eastern region and the integrated development of the livestock in dry areas where there are no rivers or swamps.

Director of Planning and International Cooperation, Dr. Haitham al-Ashqar, clarified the importance of this workshop, which discussed the most important issues concerning the implementation of projects financed by the Fund in an attempt to overcome the obstacles and make sure the proper functioning of its implementation.

Through the 25 years of cooperation with the Fund, 8 projects has been funded, most recently its contribution to the financing of Livestock Development Project, and provided more than $ 140 million soft loans contributed to the advancement of the agricultural sector, Dr. al Ashqar pointing out.

The two- day workshop,  discussed the Rural Development Project in Idleb, the Rural Development Project in the north-eastern region,  the integrated development project of livestock ,  the Shamiya Rose and the prospects for development in the projects of IFAD.


Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi Oil ministers to Meet on Implementing Joint Gas Project

TEHRAN,(ST)_  Iranian Oil Minister Rostom Qasemi disclosed on Wednesday  that a trilateral meeting for oil ministers in Syria, Iran and Iraq will be held in the first half of this month in Baghdad to follow up the implementation of the  gas pipeline project with a total capacity of 80 million cubic meters per day. He explained that the project  will be carried out within Iran to the Iraqi-Syrian border and linked to the  Syrian gas network, adding that national concerned companies in the three countries will carry out the project.
During his meeting with Syria 's ambassador in Tehran, Dr. Adnan Mahmoud, Minister al-Qasimi stressed that  his country will spare no efforts t in supporting Syria and ensuring elements of her steadfastness in the face of war, hatched by the US,  and some western and regional countries to undermine her national stances in supporting resistance .
"We are confident that enemy schemes  in the region and the world behind  supporting terrorism and  fighting the Syrian people to maintain their basic living needs will doom to failure."
For his part, Ambassador Mahmoud pointed to the strategic  importance of completing the Iranian gas transferring project to Iraq and Syria because in the light of current challenges in the region,  and to  meet the needs of the three countries and serve their common economic interests.
Worthy mentioning that the project of transferring Iranian gas to Iraq and Syria will provide Syria with  20 million cubic meters of gas per day.

T. Fateh